HYOID – GAME 2-4-5: The Mirror Stage

On friday December 3, HYOID is bringing their successful collaboration with Austrian composer Bernhard Lang to Muziekcentrum De Bijloke in Gent!

Somewhere between music and theatre, jazz and electronics, improvisation and composition lies the planet called Bernhard Lang. In ‘The Mirror Stage’ – his fourth performance based on game theory – HYOID promises to be a pawn on the board on which, together with guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and the live electronics of IRCAM, they are constantly facing new challenges. Their unwritten story bathes in the light of the virtual cathedral built by scenographer Lucas Van Haesbroeck.

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GAME 2-4-5: The Mirror Stage ​
Music theater for 4 voices, electric guitar, ambisonics & lights
​Bernhard LANG (AUT)
​singers: Fabienne Seveillac, Els Mondelaers,
Andreas Halling, Tiemo Wang
electric guitar: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
electronics/ambisonics: IRCAM/ Robin Meier
​sound: IRCAM/Sylvain Cadars
​lights & scenography: Lucas Van Haesbroeck

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Blink of an Ear #9: The Noble Snare

Cohort’s “Blink of an Ear” residency program is welcoming the percussion duo of Jacob Vanneste and Andrés Navarro García to develop their new project “The Noble Snare” at Werkplaats Walter next week!

The Noble Snare, published by Smith Publications, is a collection of virtuostic works for solo snare drum. Currently the collection is in 4 volumes consisting of over 30 works. Many prominent composers have contributed to the Noble Snare, including John Cage, Stuart Smith, Ben Johnston, Milton Babbit, and Pualine Oliveros.

The basic idea is to play a selection of these works, but not only on snare drums, and not only solo. We want to go beyond the written instrumentation and search for other sound textures in other (daily-life) materials. Bringing complexity and abstractness of pure rhythmical content towards the audience into a clear contemporary visual and aesthetic approach. We also want to experiment playing the pieces simultonausly, to achieve different sounds and stereo effects.

In this first recidency Jacob Vanneste & Andrés Navarro García want to research with some pieces the possibilities of objects vs snare drums and play some polyphonic pieces with 2 persons, on different objects / snare drums.

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Down The Rabbit Hole – Babelut Parcours ZIMZUM

Babelut Parcours is a biennial musical experience for children aged 0 to 5 and their (grand)parents. International artists take the participants on a voyage of discovery full of music, sound installations and, above all, lots of interaction. Passively participating is not an option: the young visitors become little artists themselves and a source of inspiration for the actors, musicians and dancers.
Together with musical ensemble Down the Rabbit Hole, dramaturg Koen Haagdorens, composer Frédéric Verrieres and theatre maker Tina Heylen, Musica Impulscentrum is developing a brand new musical experience as a successor to IGLO and GOLD: Babelut Parcours ZIMZUM, in which we zoom in and out both auditorily and visually, from impressive to intimate and back again.
During the performance, the scenography transforms constantly. Move from a large room filled with loud electronics to a small room with intimate melody, and back again. The visual and musical play of the artists stimulates all your senses. In addition, it stimulates the little ones to explore on their own and actively participate in Babelut Parcours ZIMZUM.
ZIMZUM is a co-production between Musica, C-TAKT, ensemble Down The Rabbit Hole, composer Frédéric Verrières, dramatist Koen Haagdorens, and Tina Heylen.
Babelut Parcours is a concept of Musica, Impulse centre for Music.
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Zwerm: from Berlin to Leuven

This weekend Zwerm will play two concerts featuring music by Stephen O’Malley and Shiva Feshareki. Both pieces were written specifically for Zwerm, and although a live-stream performance already took place, these performances count as official world premieres! They are part of Zwerm’s program “Our Ears Felt Like Canyons II”.

On Saturday 23/10 Zwerm will play Stephen O’Malley’s work “Avaeken” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin as part of the Sound Of Distance Festival.

The next day they will perform the closing concert of this year’s Transit Festival in Leuven. For this they will perform Shiva Feshareki’s mesmerising “Seismic Wave Ochestra” in addition to O’Malleys “Avaeken”. For this concert Lucas Van Haesbroeck created a specific light-scenography enhancing the immersive listening experience.

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On “Our Ears Felt Like Canyons II”:

In this second instalment of Our Ears Felt Like Canyons, Zwerm will create a new set of works written for a specific listening environment. Where the first edition translated Pierre Schaeffer’s concept of ‘acousmatic listening’ quite literally by ‘hiding’ the musicians behind a curtain, this second edition will displace the acousmatic ‘cut’ by focussing on the physical almost palpable presence of sound in the room. Shiva Feshareki’s Seismic Wave Ochestra, using an ambisonics surround sound setup, is a highly sensory composition that is performed and experienced through a deep listening and physical process, connecting intrinsically to all our senses, our perceptions, and how this is interconnected with our experience of environment and beyond. In contrast, Stephen O’Malley’s new piece Avaeken displays beating phenomena of precise harmonics in the space of the room allowing rhythm and structure to move around the space, exciting the air and bodies present in a physical way, spinning and moving, with calm, contemplative control and vital energy.

Although different in their sonic diffusion, both compositions connect the listening experience with the sense of touch. Enhanced by an adapted staging that carefully shifts between light and darkness, Our Ears Felt Like Canyons II explores different modes of listening using the physical space as an extension of the human body.

Concept & Development: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Zwerm & Lucas Van Haesbroeck
Live music: Zwerm (Toon Callier, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Johannes Westendorp & Matthias Koole)

Composition: Shiva Feshareki, Stephen O’Malley
Sound design & Sound engineer: Antoine Delagoutte
Scenography & Light design: Lucas Van Haesbroeck. 

Our Ears Felt Like Canyons II is a production by Zwerm in collaboration with La Muse en Circuit and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke

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